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Canucks announce Fan Hero Award winners

...four Fan Heroes recognized by the Canucks

by Canucks Communications @Canucks / Vancouver Canucks

The Vancouver Canucks are proud to announce the first of four Fan Heroes being recognized for their acts of service. In place of the annual Player Awards, this program was launched to celebrate the passion, dedication, and support of everyday heroes and the personal contributions they've made in communities throughout BC.

Nominations were collected between Saturday, April 4 and Monday, April 13. Now it's time to celebrate the winners from each category, who have also been awarded customized Canucks jerseys.

CATEGORY: MOST EXCITING PLAYER - Local Small Business or Community Group

Jumping at the opportunity to help, these local businesses or groups have rallied together in their communities to provide aid and support, in any way possible.


Canucks 2018-19 Most Exciting Player Elias Pettersson shares the news.

Video: Pettersson Reveals Most Exciting Player Fan Award

Leona Green is the co-owner of Greens and Beans Deli in New Westminster. Despite her shop being temporarily closed, she and a team of dedicated volunteers have been busy making and delivering soup 7 days a week for seniors in need who may be isolated during this time. Using her own funds and supplies, Leona and team have made over 3,000 bowls of soup to date. Her nominator noted that "she is so humbled and has refused any contributions and help…she is a blessing and an angel for New Westminster."

Congratulations Leona!

Here is what she had to say upon receipt of the news:

"I was tickled pink to learn that my Soup for Seniors program had won this. How wonderful that people in my community thought that I was worthy of this honour. Though without my community I would not have been able to do this. I have received numerous donations of money and food. I have a woman, Debbie Staples, who has not missed one day of delivering soup. She also shops for a lot of the seniors who she has met while delivering soup. The Fire Department came on board a couple weeks ago and have taken some of the load off of Debbie by doing a lot of the deliveries. And a wonderful man named Peter LeBlanc has helped me out immensely by monitoring my posts and making sure that no requests for soup are missed. To date we have sent out about 3000 bowls of soup. We are prepared to continue doing this until the end of this crisis." - Leona Green

CATEGORY: UNSUNG HERO - Essential Service Worker

Never looking for attention, but always looking out for others, these individuals are keeping our communities operational through their tremendous efforts and dedication.


Canucks 2018-19 Unsung Hero Antoine Roussel shares the news.

Video: Roussel Reveals Unsung Hero Fan Award

As an HVAC technician in the lower mainland, Jared has been working overtime to ensure everyone continues to have heat, water, and electricity during this time. As an essential service worker, he does his part every day to ensure the community remains safe and comfortable in their homes. His nominator noted that Jared is "a die hard Canaucks fan" and "proud and willing to make sure people have the services they need."

Congratulations Jared!

Here is what he had to say upon receipt of the news:

"It's a huge honour to win this award as there are thousands of other people out there serving the community on a daily basis who are deserving of this recognition. I have been working as an HVAC technician for 5 years throughout the lower mainland. I continue to work everyday to ensure that people in our community, whether at work or at home, have their basic necessities such as heat, hot water, and power functioning properly. While providing these services, I am doing my part in practicing social distancing and wearing the appropriate personal protective equipment. I wanted to take this opportunity to say thank you to everyone working to keep our communities safe and healthy...we are all in this together!" - Jared Bogdanovich

CATEGORY: BEST DEFENCEMAN - Healthcare Worker or First Responder

Every day, these individuals are putting the needs of others first, standing on the front line, working tirelessly to keep us all safe.

WINNER: SHANAZ ALI (Registered Nurse)

Canucks 2018-19 Best Defenceman Alexander Edler shares the news.

Video: Edler Reveals Best Defenceman Fan Award

Described by her nominator as "a tough person with a beautiful and soft inside," Shanaz Ali is a registered nurse of over 25 years at Surrey Memorial Hospital. Whether she's on the frontlines taking care of COVID-19 patients, volunteering at the local Muslim foodbank to deliver meals, spending time off to assist the elderly, or buying groceries for those in need, Shanaz goes the extra mile to help her community during this time.

Congratulations Shanaz!

Here is what she had to say upon receipt of the news:

"I am very honored to win, it gives me a sense of pride to be recognized, I never win anything! The support we are receiving from our community is over welcoming, and I want to say thank you from the bottom of my heart. Moving forward in this pandemic, I do believe it has brought us closer together as a community. I think it is important to listen and follow the direction of our leaders in this fight, it will be over one day, but until then, we continue to do our part." - Shanaz Ali

CATEGORY: MVP - Individual making an exceptional difference

Everyday heroes, taking time out of their day to help others whenever they can. During these unprecedented times, they have stepped up to the challenge to help others wherever possible.


Canucks 2018-19 MVP Jacob Markstrom shares the news.

Video: Markstrom Reveals MVP Fan Award

At only age 12, Quinn is using is 3D printer to create specialized ear guards for doctors and nurses to relieve the tension that often occurs with prolonged wearing of surgical masks. Quinn has donated several hundred ear guards to date and continues to create them for healthcare workers in need.

Congratulations Quinn!

Here is what he had to say upon receipt of the news:

"I would like to say thank you very much for thinking of me as a hero, when really I have just been doing what I can to help. The real heroes are the medical professionals who have been risking their lives and have been separated from their families as they help save the lives of others. I will continue to use my 3D printer to make ear guards to help keep the medical professionals comfortable. It makes me happy to help. When people say I am too young to make a difference, I say...WATCH ME!" - Quinn Callander

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